12/13/2010 12:05 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Steve Carell Talks 'Office' Replacement

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? Not if Steve Carell had his say. The star of 'The Office,' is leaving after seven seasons, and he'd like a new type of character to replace his famously bumbling Michael Scott.

Speaking on 'The Ellen Degeneres Show,' Carell said, "You know what. I'm leaving that to the producers. I think it would be in their best interest just to sort of go in a different direction and not try to do the same type of character."

That being said, he likes what he's hearing.

"Oh, thanks. I honestly don't know what they're going to do. There are various ideas. It's funny. The producers have, time to time, thrown names out there to screw people up," he told Ellen. "They'll just put anybody. They'll just start naming [people}. Colin Powell, I think is going to be the next Michael Scott. And people jump on it and don't see the irony at all."

In July, coexecutive producer, writer and star Mindy Kaling said that she wanted to see Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) taking the reins.

"I'd love to see Rainn Wilson in that position," she said. "Dwight has become so nuanced--you actually care about him now. I think if [we did a good job laying the groundwork] this coming season, he would be a fantastic boss.

But while he's taking himself out of the decision, it doesn't mean he doesn't care about the fate of his soon-to-be-former cast mates.

"Yeah, it's a little sad. It's sort of bittersweet because a lot of these people are my best friends. I feel like it's time for me to move on but it's sad. I'm going to miss everybody a lot."

The episode airs on Tuesday, December 14th.